Settle For More

“This is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.” Kurt Hahn

When you hear the word “settle” doesn’t it make you want to shrink in your seat or want to crawl up in a ball? I know it did for me until I started using this word with a different context. Rather than using the word settling with the meaning of with less or average, use “settle” with an empowering and positive meaning by  adding two words on the end of it. “Settle For More“. Say it again out loud, “Settle For More“. It sounds good doesn’t it! Sure it does. That’s because it is good and if you want more in your life, more in your health and more in your fitness, than this simple solution of rearranging words will have a massive impact in your life.

Listen up, you are outstanding! That’s right, you! But you have to believe you are. There is more in you than you know my friend. And the very fact that you are reading this blog post is a testament to your unwillingness to settle for less. You see growth is one of the 6 basic human needs according to Tony Robbins. Tony says, “If you are not growing, you’re are dying.”

And too often I experience the client who has the settle of less mentality, but hey that’s why am in business, to change peoples lives from the inside out. And I do a damn good job of it.  My star client’s have clear and concise goals with realistic outcomes, but they too get stuck in a mind set of settling for less just your or I. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t. I’m a keen listener to certain words that tip me off and give me a clear picture whether or not someone is Settling For More. The words that I listen for give me clues and an opening to coach. Words like “try”, “I’m not” or “I can’t” are some of the more common words or phrases I hear. If you’re someone who is not settling for less than I am sure you are using these disempowering words too.

Two solutions I use with my clients and that you should too if you want to Settle For More:

  1. Change your language. Changing your language is one the easiest and most effective ways to Settle For More. The language we use daily can move you towards or away from your goals. Pay attention to the words you use, especially words like “I can’t, I’m not or try”. Change these words to “I can, I am or I do”. This simple strategy of changing your words will help you towards your goals.
  2. Write down your goals without a filter. What if you had no limits as to what you could achieve or how much you could grow. Imagine that a “Genie” granted you 5 minutes to wish for anything that you could think of. Set your timer on your phone or clock for 5 minutes and start writing these goals and visions down in a notebook or on a clean piece of paper. Write fast and don’t get caught up in analyzing or filtering them. Remember you can have or be anything you can think of.

After the 5 minutes is up please finish your last thought and put the pencil or pen down. Put this notebook or paper away until the next morning. Don’t look at it. Don’t peak at it. You can think about what you wrote, but don’t look at it. The next morning wake up and read those goals or desires out loud. Hear yourself saying what you wrote down. Envision yourself being what you wrote down. Take it all in. Keep an open mind. Don’t try and figure out how you’re going to get there. That’s not the purpose of this exercise. Put the notebook away. And repeat this process of reading these notes out loud every morning for the next 21 days.

At the end of the 21 days let me know if you’ve gotten closer to achieving these goals. If you’re goal was to be a millionaire and you only had $10 in your bank account, the chances are that you’re not going to be close to your goal. However, I would bet that you’ve thought up a few ways that can lead you towards being a millionaire or you’ve already implemented that plan. And if you did, I applaud you for taking massive action to Settle For More. And if you didn’t, that’s ok too. This exercise is not a magic bullet to get you on the fast track towards more. It is however, an exercise to get your language and dreams in alignment for you to maximize your potential.

I’m a big believer in the power of peer influence. Hmmm maybe that’s my next blog post. Well either way, I believe that you should read, listen to, watch and mimic others who are doing what you want to be doing. I recommend reading Settle For More  https://www.amazon.com/Settle-More-Megyn-Kelly/dp/0062494600 Meghan Kelly, the Anchor of the number one news show on cable, The Kelly File, Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly writes her much anticipated book called , a revealing and surprising memoir detailing her rise as one of the most respected journalists working today. From the values and lessons that have shaped her career, to her time at the center of the chaotic 2016 Republican presidential primary, this book offers an inside look at an uncompromising woman’s journey to the top of the news business.

Settle For More my friends because your worth and you deserve it!

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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Embrace Change

Embrace change

I was reading an article about change in Business Insider about one of my mentors, Sir Richard Branson who owns the iconic brand Virgin. This article and his quote inspired me to write about the importance for embracing change to have success in life. Here’s what Branson had to say about embracing change, “Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change. A company that stands still will soon be forgotten. Trying to provoke positive change is a principle we’ve embedded across the Virgin family for more than four decades.”

To me embracing change in life, health and fitness is essential to growing as an individual and being a better person than who you were yesterday.  Change is not easy or natural. If change was easy then all the New Years resolutions to lose weight, drink less and have more fun would be simple to keep. Too often we  slip back into our old habits and comfort zones. Playing it safe and living beneath or ideal standards is more comfortable since we avoid fear and it allows us to live  without facing things that could potential hurt us or build us up.

1. Embrace Change To Grow

Without embracing change, we sometimes go through life without ever living up to our full potential our allowing ourselves to express who we really are. In order to grow you have to embrace change as an inevitable part of life, no matter how happy you are today, you have to embrace the change that is bound to happen with our without your approval. “The only thing constant is change.” Embracing change is key to your success and happiness.

2. Be Aware of Negative Habits 

Fear or pleasure are the two primary reasons we do or don’t do anything. Sometimes we change because we are attempting to rid negative habits or people from our lives because we have a fear that something bad may happen if we don’t decide to do make this change. The sooner you become aware that change is going to happen and become open to accepting it in your life sooner, the better off you will be. Are there things that you recognize as non-beneficial but you feel stuck in those actions? Think about your life and how you are progressing. Are things moving you away or toward your goals.

3. Make Change A Must Before It Makes You A Bust 

It’s always better to initiate change ourselves using free will than to let our life progress to a point when change affects you in a negative way. When you are consciously aware of change, it is much easier and has longer lasting effects.  Improve your standards, be fearless and have courage to step into new territory that will free you. One of my favorite books that I still read once in a while is by Dr Seuss “Oh The Places You’ll Go”. This book is a children’s book, but it’s appropriate for anyone to read if you’re having challenges embracing change.

One of my favorite books
Your attitude toward life is affected by your ability to embrace change. If change happens to you, rather than you influencing that change, you are much more likely to feel like you are being dragged through life. Embrace change with a calm and relaxed mind. Know where you are going and what you are setting out to accomplish.

4. You’re Not Alone 

Everyone has fears, insecurities and doubts that stop us from doing or being better. This uncertainty and fear is normal. It’s actually helpful. But what you have to do is learn to embrace it. There will never be a time where you are complete absent of these thoughts and emotions, you will just learn to manage these debilitating emotions and act in accordance anyway, regardless of whether you are scared shit less.

5. Get Over Yourself

Stop wallowing in self-pity and start doing something about what is eating you. It can act as a word of caution to someone who is too absorbed in his own self and fails to look beyond that limited perspective. I think it relates to an inflated sense of self-importance, whether positive or negative. It is counterproductive to change and it will keep you from ever moving forward. Never blame your surroundings for misfortune. Instead be grateful for all that you have now. Stay focused and set your sights higher standards for yourself. Strive to achieve greatness by surrounding yourself around greatness.  And stay focused because you will find that embracing change becomes easier and easier like doing a crunch becomes easier and easier with each passing day.

Wherever you are in life,or in your health and fitness take stock in the value that the journey. It takes time, dedication, persistence and consistency to accomplish anything worth having and holding onto.

Embrace change and change will embrace you.

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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MY JOURNEY OF RUNNING THE LA MARATHON 2017

LA Marathon 2017

Yesterday I ran the LA Marathon 2017 and I had never ran a marathon before. The longest distance that I ever ran was a 1/2 marathon about four years ago. And after that event I swore I would never do another 1/2 again or run a full marathon. I said my body was not the right fit for a full marathon because I  needed to be built differently, but now after completing the LA Marathon 2017, I actually know it was only my mind that wasn’t the right fit at the time.

You see I had so many barriers that I put up around running a full marathon.

  1. I was too old. At 42 yr old why would I put my body through that kind of stress. I needed to preserve it were the conversations I would have with myself and even with client’s.
  2. In 2004 I had lower back surgery to repair a herniated disc so why would I stress that and risk injuring it again.
  3. If I couldn’t be the best or near the best then why would I even attempt doing it. When I ran the 1/2 marathon I competed with myself and finished in the top 3% of my age group and top 7% of the all racers. I killed it! It was amazing and I’m proud of myself for doing that, but it made me not want to do another race.
  4. It’s too long. I can’t imagine running for over 1 and 1/2 hours which is how long it took me to do the 1/2 marathon.
  5. I’m just not interested. I didn’t care if others did it. I didn’t see it as a big accomplishment. And I frankly, I kind of thought it was stupid to run that long. Why would anyone put their bodies through that.

But now I am on the other side. A part of an elite “club” of men, women, children, elders, handicap and the like who pushed their not only their bodies yesterday, but their minds through an experience that was life changing for me.

All different people of shapes, sizes, purposes, etc.

I didn’t train for months or even weeks, I signed up a week ago from today with one of my client’s who was already registered.  She had been kind of flailing in her own training and came into our Monday session with deep concern that she wasn’t ready. Listening to her concerns I asked her, “Do you want me to do this with you?” She said, “You would do that?!” I said, “Of course!” And so she pulled out her credit card and signed me up. I was registered for my first marathon!

I had a mixed bag of emotions from excitement to fear that I wasn’t going to be good enough to finish or that she would have to carry me to the finish line. But we both created an intention that we wouldn’t have any expectations on it. This was a huge lesson for me since as I stated earlier, one of my biggest barriers was that if I wasn’t the best, I wouldn’t do it. Our intention was as Nike says it best, “just do it”. Whether we walked/run, walked or ran, we would “just do it”. And so it went. However, I still had a competitive bug knawing at my psyche saying, “you have to run, you have be great”. During the week I started to run. I ran 3x over the 5 days including a 4 mile, 7 mile and 9 mile mile run that still did not add up to 26.2 miles and I started to get a bit concerned for myself, but I felt certain I would finish.

Other than running regime I quickly picked up, I got a massage, I soaked in a hot and cold tub, I stretched, did some yoga, core work and light bicycle to keep moving without over doing it. I wanted to get my body as balanced and as ready as possible with the limited time. Sunday morning I woke up at 5am feeling great mentally and physically and as ready as I ever could be to “just do” the LA Marathon 2017.

I put my running gear on, packed dates and bar in my pockets and a water for the ride to Dodger Stadium where the marathon would commence. The night before the marathon that I thought would really make this experience even more impactful. I decided to write down 5 things that no longer served me, my family or my life and to leave these qualities at the start of the marathon. And I also  wrote down 5 things that I was committed to being after completing the marathon which I would say out loud when I finished. This was an awesome exercise and I have embraced my new “BAD ASS” self!

I’m so happy I did it!

We finished the marathon in 4 hrs and 55 minutes which was a very respectable time considering we had very little time to prepare. I was more than satisfied and proud of myself.  In mile 23 and post marathon muscles soreness and cramping set in like I never experienced.  I was almost unable to walk and it felt like am going to feel when I am 100 years old. I committed myself to a proper recovery method like eating clean, soaking in hot and cold tub, massage, foam rolling, stretching and I getting to bed early for a great night sleep.

I woke up feeling amazing! I had the normal muscle soreness, but  my mood and energy was vibrating on a different level. I also couldn’t stop thinking of when and where I might embark on another outstanding experience like this one to prove that “I AM…A BAD ASS”.

Thank you Ruth for letting me join you on this extraordinary experience and being a great marathon running partner! I am honored and truly appreciative that we did it together!

We did it!

If you’ve run a marathon you know how I am feeling.  There are no words that can really do it justice! And for those who haven’t taken a chance by participating in an event that will challenge your mind and body, I say, “JUST DO IT!” The community, the support and the encouragement you get from others is truly what makes us human and our lives enriched. Thank you for all that came out to supply water, bars, snacks, gatorade, music, signs and encouragement! And you never know, you might find a “Star” in the crowd, Jay Leno was supporting the marathon on the corner of Santa Monica and Sepulveda. I said hello and he gave me a few quick words of encouragement. “Keep on moving!”

Keep on moving my friends and live the life you deserve!

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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Unshakable

Remaining “Unshakable” is the key to fitness and financial success.

Definition: Unshakable – of a belief, feeling, or opinion that is strongly felt and unable to be changed. Synonyms: Unwavering, inflexible, unflappable

Today is the release of “Unshakable”. A book by one of my greatest and most profound mentors, Tony Robbins. https://www.amazon.com/Unshakeable-Your-Financial-Freedom-Playbook/dp/1501164589/ref=pd_sbs_14_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=HBJD9NFPAR4TD61JF39Z 

Unshakable is a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

Why am I writing about a book that’s based on helping to build financial success? Well because I believe your financial success is no different than your success in health and fitness. Tony Robbins believes that “80% of success is psychology and 20% is mechanics”. That’s right you read correct. It’s more about what you believe in and your confidence in your success than it is about the latest fitness trend. I get asked the question all the time, “What is your favorite exercise or fitness program Steve?” And my answer to this question always is, “The one you do over and over again.” Yes, there are absolutely some exercises and programs that are better than others, but to get results you have to be “Unshakable” in your pursuit to master and excel. And that my friends comes with repetition of execution.

I’ve been to over a 1/2 dozen Tony Robbins seminars including UPW four times, Business Mastery and Leadership Academy. My first experience attending his seminars was 10 years ago with the intent to prepare myself when I opened my health and fitness studio, Steve Jordan Acceleration here in Los Angeles. But to my surprise I didn’t get specific tools to help me grow my business or to be successful. However, I did absorb a wealth of knowledge to improve the quality of my life to be better able to serve and raise my standards. I highly recommend anyone to attend his conferences. I’ve enrolled and enlisted over a dozen friends and client’s and not one of them was disappointed with their experience. http://www.tonyrobbins.com

I’ve already purchased and downloaded this book on http://www.audibles.com and I am eager to listen to it. I am excited to share with you some of the findings and results I gain. I know it seems off the wall for me to be recommending reading a book on financial success when your primary challenges and motivations lie in health and fitness. But I promise you that you’ll find meaningful and useful information that will affect you to be “Unshakable” and give you a better chance of having success in all areas of your life including your health and fitness.

Enjoy the read or listen and let this community know how it has impacted you.

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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Sleep Your Way To Being Healthy and Fit

Lullaby, and good night, in the skies stars are bright!

Where did I put my car keys? I can’t believe I forgot my gym clothes this morning! Hmmm what was it I needed to do? I feel terrible now that I ate those donuts! Am I losing my mind? You might hear yourself ask these questions or say these disempowering statements if your not getting enough sleep.

Research shows that if you don’t get enough sleep, 7-8 hours a night, you have a greater possibility of forgetting things that you might not otherwise. And more importantly you’ll be more likely to make bad decisions on eating properly or exercising, keeping you from reaching your goals of being healthy and fit.

According to Dr Avidan at UCLA Sleep Disorder Center your brain uses the time to organize memories, make repairs hormonally, repair your body physically  and metabolize the harmful neurotoxins that can cause brain diseases. Literally without enough sleep your mind and body can not go through it’s rebooting process that will keep you healthy and fit for life.

Almost 70 million adults in the United States have problems sleeping and that can and does cause a lot of trouble including increasing the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, metabolic disease, depression and anxiety. And one of the top 5 reasons for automobile accidents is being tired from lack of sleep.

Contrary to popular belief you can not make up for lost sleep. So don’t think that you’re going to catch up on your Zzz’s this weekend or call out of work sick if you’re not getting adequate sleep. Nope! You need to be consistent and follow the natural circadian sleep wake cycle for humans which is 10pm-6am, give or take 30 minutes. You wouldn’t think twice about keeping your new born child awake for too long. No way! So please don’t do that to yourself! Get to bed on time and you’ll have a better chance at having optimal health and fitness.

Here are some foolproof techniques to help you “Sleep Your Way To Being Healthy and Fit.”

  1. Stick to a schedule. In bed by 10 or 10:30pm at the latest and wake up at 6 or 6:30am when the sun is rising.
  2. Keep lights on low using dimmers after 8pm or use candles because most lights used to illuminate homes trick your brain into thinking its daytime.
  3. Limit  TV, computer, Ipad, smartphone use after 8pm for the same reasons as above
  4. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, clean and cozy.
  5. Avoid exercising after 630pm.
  6. Avoid having large meals in the evening. If you’re hungry have a light snack or short glass of water.
  7. Read a good book or magazine without suspenseful plots.
  8. Take a warm bath or hot shower to relax.
  9. Avoid caffeine after 2pm.
  10. Avoid alcohol intake.

Sweet dreams!!!

Yours in health and fitness,

Steve Jordan, Trainer To The Stars

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